NatRoad hails state reforms as a blow to fairness
New South Wales ‘amendments to laws governing the primary producers’ vehicle registration program appear poised to change what is seen as a rort harming rural trucking while cashing in on the outrageous.
The penalties will drop from $ 2,200 to $ 11,000 for companies that attempt to register a vehicle by making a false declaration.
the Bill amending the legislation on road transport 2021, presented by the Regional Minister of Transport and State Roads, Paul Toole, proposes amendments to the Road Transport Act 2013 and the Motor Vehicle Taxation Act 1988.
“The increase is necessary because the value of the primary producer’s dealership can reach nearly $ 10,000 for a heavy vehicle, creating a significant financial incentive for ineligible customers to seek to operate the dealership,” Tool said in his speech at second reading.
“A new offense with equivalent penalties will also be created for false claim of a registration concession.”
Among other things, such as removing “inconsistencies and red tape to better meet the needs of New South Wales farmers”, the changes seek to “rectify a long-standing legislative anomaly caused by a drafting error which Wrongly applies a monetary cap to the primary producer of heavy vehicles. registration fees”.
“The objective of the changes is not intended to reduce the number of eligible primary producers; rather it is to ensure that the real primary producers receive the concession while preventing the exploitation or play of the concession, which could give some road hauliers an unfair advantage over others, ”Toole told Parliament of New South Wales.
He adds that: “The current requirement that vehicles from primary producers cannot be used for hire or hire will remain in place to maintain a level playing field, so as not to disadvantage road transport companies that do not. ‘are not entitled to receive the concession from the primary producer.
“Sanctions for failure to comply with such a condition, including suspension of registration, currently exist under road transport law. “
The changes will provide a single point of reference for all heavy vehicle registration fees and consolidate the Minister’s exemption powers in the Road transport law by removing duplicative provisions in the Motor Vehicle Taxation Act.
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National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO Warren Clark said the changes should ensure a level playing field for road transport operators.
“These changes are all aimed at ensuring that vehicle registration concessions from primary producers benefit genuine primary producers, and Regional Transport and Highways Minister Paul Toole deserves an envelope,” adds Clark.
“The government claims that large transport companies with a symbolic implication in primary production are currently claiming the concession of entire fleets of vehicles.
“This loophole is being closed and it is a victory for the small owner-operator who derives 50 percent or more of his income from primary production.”
Clark notes that a long-standing legislative anomaly that wrongly applied a monetary cap to the registration fees of primary producers of heavy vehicles is also being removed.
As Toole explains, when it was introduced in 1998, the intent of the policy was for the cap to apply only to light-duty vehicle charges from primary producers so that the motor vehicle tax for these vehicles do not exceed the national registration fee for a heavy vehicle – more than 4.5 tons.
“It was foreseen that the monetary ceiling would not apply when calculating the concession of registration fees for heavy vehicles from the first producer,” he said.
“This means that the lower amount of uncapped tax or registration fee will apply.
“However, as currently drafted, this cap would provide a disproportionately larger concession for heavy vehicles from primary producers and this result would be out of step with the administration of other registration concessions.
“The changes will also strengthen the customer registration framework to ensure that vehicle registration concessions from primary producers benefit genuine farmers.
“This will be achieved through the introduction of an income threshold which will require confirmation that at least 50 percent of total income comes from primary production activities under normal seasonal circumstances.”